Last week it was 100 years ago that George Prosper Remi was born. His work was an early inspiration and a great impact for the young Minister. Rereading the books as a grownup gave (and still gives) them unexpected new dimensions. The familiarity pared with numerous aha experiences is astonishing.
George was better known as Hergé, and was a Belgian comics writer and artist. (Hergé is the French pronunciation of “R.G.”, the reverse of his initials).
George Remi, a.k.a Hergé.
His best-known and most substantial work is “The Adventures of Tintin”, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until 1983 when he died. The last (twenty-fourth) Tintin adventure, was left unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe.
The notable qualities of the Tintin stories include their vivid humanism, a realistic feel produced by meticulous and wide-ranging research, and Hergé’s exact drawing style. For adult readers there’s many enjoyable satirical references to historical and political incidents of the 20th century. “The Blue Lotus”, for example, was inspired by the Mukden incident that led to the Chinese-Japanese War of 1934. “King Ottokar’s Sceptre” can be read against the background of Hitler’s Anschluss, while later albums such as “The Calculus Affair” depict The Cold War. Hergé has become one of the most famous Belgians worldwide and “Tintin” is still an international success.
The Blue Lotus from 1936 (!). This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the artist who created the cover (or the publisher). It is believed that the use of low-resolution images of book covers to illustrate this Hergé-fan article discussing the book in question by the Ministry of Art & Jump, qualifies as fair use under copyright laws.